The Human League pull out of The Regeneration TourPosted on 26/04/13
The Human League have pulled out of the forthcoming The Regeneration Tour aka North America’s premier '80s tour which was going to see The Human League touring the US together with Howard Jones, Andy Bell and Information Society. The participating bands are now waiting on an answer regarding their replacement.
The statement from The Human League reads as follows: "As some of our US fans may already have heard from other, somewhat premature, sources, we are sorry to announce that we will not now be touring the US this summer as we had planned. We are really very sorry about this cancellation, all of us were really looking forward to coming over and playing for you but the decision was really completely out of our control. Essentially we were promised one thing and delivered something so completely different we just could not make it work, much as we wanted to."
The promotors of The Regeneration Tour have had their bit of bad luck. Earlier on Ultravox had been slated to do the slot now occupied by Howard Jones. For a number of reasons Ultravox were unable to do it this year.
In a reaction on the cancelation of The Human League and the quest for a replacement band the organisers posted these answers on the tour's Facebook page (they are actually an interesting read): "Just to help get a few names out of your heads, ABC are already playing some shows this June in the US, that puts them out of the picture for us. Heaven 17 have been contacted and could only do 1/2 the tour, we need someone to confirm for the whole tour. Marc Almond will only tour as Marc Almond, not as Soft Cell, not quite as valuable for tickets. Simple Minds will likely never tour the US again as their expectations are way too high here, I tried a few years ago, could not make it work with them, also Jim will not tour as part of an "80's" show. New Order are touring the US already. Yaz does not exist and Allison Moyet is touring on her own in September. Belinda is touring this summer in the Go-Go's. Peter Godwin & Book of Love do mean nearly enough to be in this slot, they would be under Information Society in the bill.
Squeeze did tour last year and don't want to tour this year, only Glenn doing something maybe in the fall in small clubs. I spoke with Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins last week at his home, he is not willing to do a tour right now, maybe in the future. He said may be interested in coming along as a DJ between acts. OMD are doing too many major markets, makes them unusable for this tour. Too many cities they could not play because of their own dates. I brought Soft Cell over here mid-80's to play exclusively in NYC @ Roseland, only did 1500 people out of 3000, Mark Almond has less value than Soft Cell, particularly in the US, I'd be hesitant to put him on as a co-headliner. I've been in touch with Jimmy Somerville's people, I was going to have him come over for the Milwaukee Pridefest (that Andy is doing) and a NYC show the same weekend but his new album will not be out yet and he turned it down even though it was very good money. He wants to have his new album out here before touring. His new album is great by the way!
Tony Hadley did about 200 people on a weekend at Irving Plaza in NYC a year or two ago. We are looking for an act that on their own would draw 1000-2000 people. Spandau Ballet want too much money to come to America, that's why there were no reunion shows here. The Fixx played at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn last year on a Sunday, looked to me that there were about 150 people there. Chaka would be way, way, way too expensive."
More info as we get it.
Posted by B. Van Isacker
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